Female Marine dropped from Infantry Officer Course
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published: August 16, 2016
WASHINGTON — A female Marine Corps officer was dropped from infantry training last month after failing the course for a second time since all military jobs were opened to women, a Marine spokesman said Monday.
The female officer was reassigned to a different Military Occupation Specialty on July 18 after she failed two conditioning hikes, said Capt. Joshua Pena, a spokesman for Marine Corps Training and Education Command. The Marines declined to release the woman’s name, rank, location or new specialty.
To date, she is the only female Marine officer to attempt the physically demanding Infantry Officer Course since Defense Secretary Ash Carter in December opened all jobs in the military to women.
Marine Corps leadership had requested Carter maintain the traditional ban on women serving in the most demanding front-line combat jobs, including the infantry. But Carter ignored their request, arguing it was beneficial to the military to be as inclusive as possible. He said women would be held to the same physical standards as men if they wished to join front-line units.